She has also managed to do that while being one of the few Republicans to repeatedly reprimand Trump and his allies—on everything from abandoning the Kurds to criticizing former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch to sowing distrust of Dr. Anthony Fauci—without completely alienating them. Her sharp wit in swatting down GOP firebrand Jim Jordan, known for his frequent challenges to House leadership, when he and several members questioned her loyalty to Trump—“I look forward to hearing your comments about being a team player when we’re back in the majority”—became a hit among many of her Republican colleagues who long ago tired of Jordan’s tactics.

They also quietly cheered her “there, there” put-down of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) at the same meeting, when she responded to his barrage of criticism by telling him how much she was looking forward to watching his upcoming HBO documentary but that filming a documentary isn’t how Republicans win back the majority. After the meeting, Gaetz tweeted in frustration that Cheney ought to be removed from her leadership position. She wasn’t. He declined to comment further.

“You could see a speaker’s gavel in her hand, and I don’t think it’s that many years off frankly,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.). “She kind of reminds you of Margaret Thatcher or somebody like that in history: a strong person, in a big position, a woman who stands her ground in an otherwise male-dominated conference.”